MEET THE TEAM
The Irish Pastoral Centre Board of Directors is delighted to announce that Limerick native Mary Swanton has accepted the position of Executive Director effective January 25, 2021. Mary brings with her a wealth of relevant experience which she has accumulated from her many years of working in Fine Arts, Programming, and Community Development. Well known in the Boston Irish Community, Mary has liaised with all Boston Irish organizations through her work at the Irish Emigrant newspaper and has created many programs and performances for Boston Irish events where she has gained experience in fundraising, development and community partnerships.
Director of Operations
Audrey, originally from Dublin, spent a number of years working in the buying office of a major Irish wholesaler before moving to the U.S. Since her arrival to Boston in 2004, Audrey has worked in a variety of jobs including serving the administrative team at the Carney hospital, and in elder care at Celtic Homecare by Catherine, which she found to be very rewarding both personally and professionally. Prior to joining the Irish Pastoral Centre staff, Audrey was a client at the IPC and as a way to give back to the Centre, she volunteered at the IPC while she worked in banking and commerce in Boston. Audrey is responsible for the administration of the IPC, while also taking charge of our Employment and Housing Support program.
Operations & Programs Assistant
Jennifer is an experienced Administrative Assistant with a background in program development, event planning, administration and operations support primarily in the education sector. Born and raised in Dorchester, Jennifer spent time living in Dublin. Working in a supportive role for all IPC services, as a dedicated team player with strong organizational communication and prioritization abilities, Jen brings 16 years of experience and is enthusiastic and delighted to support the organization.
Media and Communications Officer
Patrick “Paddy” Davoren from Moycullen in County Galway is our Media and Communications Officer. Paddy will work on Newsletter production and distribution, manage our social media and salesforce accounts, and provide much needed technical support to all of us in the office. A Film and Documentary Major who holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree from GMIT’s Centre for Creative Arts and Media in Galway, Paddy also works at Northeastern University as a Media Services Technician running live sound for eight different venues across the campus, including Blackman Auditorium, East Village V.I.P room, and the afterHOURS nightclub.
Maryann joined the Irish Pastoral Centre in 2017 assisting the Senior Outreach and the Prison Outreach Programs. She currently works as the Immigration Coordinator for the IPC and supports the IPC’s Immigration, Detention, and the US. Citizenship Program. She is the point of contact for both immigrants and non-immigrants in the community who contact the IPC with questions related to immigration, visas, citizenship and other issues of concern. She provides guidance and directs clients to available resources, including the IPC’s free legal clinics where a team of pro-bono attorneys assist clients with understanding and navigating the complexity of immigration law. Maryann graduated from Holy Cross College and Suffolk University Law School. She began her career in the banking industry, and then worked for many years practicing health care law in Boston at both law firms and for various non-profit health care organizations. She also has legal experience working with older clients helping them to navigate issues related to their aging. Maryann's grandparents immigrated to Boston from Counties Cork and Galway in Ireland.
Fr. Dan Finn
Chaplain & Community Outreach
When Father Finn immigrated to America at 18 years of age, from Kanturk, Co. Cork, Ireland, he had no idea that he would one day become a priest, serving the spiritual, social and cultural needs of Dorchester residents from 20 different nations including those from Ireland, Haiti, Vietnam, and Cape Verde. Because of his leadership the services provided by St. Mark Parish, where the Irish Pastoral Centre was founded in 1987, have blossomed into a vast array of outreach programs. Some of these programs include Citizenship and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Youth Summer Program, Faith Sharing groups, a Food Pantry, and more. Much of this has come about from Fr. Finn's philosophy that we must bring what we have started in Church out onto the street. This is summed up best by St. Teresa of Avila says that “Christ has no body now on earth but yours.....". Fr. Dan is assuming the role of Chaplain to the Irish Community at the Irish Pastoral Centre and has, therefore, gone full-circle.
Danielle Owen LADC-I,LCSW
Health and Wellness Program
Well known Wicklow native Danielle Owen LICSW, LADC-I, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is now available each Monday 6 to 8pm; both in-person and telehealth appointments are now available. The Wicklow native has worked with the Irish community offering culturally sensitive counseling & mental health support services in MA since 2004. Perhaps most well known for her work at Rian – formerly known as the Irish International Immigrant Center - Danielle has served immigrants of all nations by providing counseling, case management, and building clients' capacity to access health and vocational tools to reach their full potential. With a background in supporting adults struggling with mental health, trauma and substance use issues, her recent work has been focused on providing integrated health care; connecting those who live with substance use, trauma and chronic health issues, to find the support and services they require to realize their life goals of stability, peace and emotional security.
Health and Wellness Program
Originally from the Codman Square neighborhood of Dorchester, Patsy graduated from Cardinal Cushing High School and Mass Bay School of Nursing. Patsy is a proud first generation Irish-American, her mother Mary Grealish emigrated from Kilbriken, RosMuc, County Galway and her father was from Kusheeng, Oughterard, County Galway. Patsy is the second of five children and currently lives in Weymouth with her husband John of 39 years and their dog Seamus. A registered nurse for forty years, Patsy worked in geriatric settings and retired from the John Scott House in Braintree.
Patsy was delighted to gain her Irish dual citizenship four years ago. She enjoys attending Irish dances and Irish functions and frequently travels to Ireland with her sister. Patsy also loves traveling on cruises. Patsy is delighted to join the IPC as our Community Health Advocate. Patsy will work to build partners, resources and referrals for home care and support.
Senior Program Coordinator
Peggy is from Weymouth and has joined our team and will be working on Health and wellness referrals and assistance. Peggy has recently retired from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she worked in Elder Affairs particularly in health and human services. Holding dual citizenship, Peggy’s parents hail from Rosmuc and Oughterard in County Galway. Peggy will be here on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Ignation Volunteer Corp
Here at the IPC, we are truly blessed for the services, kindness and friendship that Anne Finn brings to us through our partnership with the Ignatian Volunteer Corp. Anne is from Milton and is a retired Boston Public School teacher and more recently, a per diem Chaplain at Spaulding Rehab Network. She volunteers each Tuesday and Thursday at the Irish Pastoral Centre and is available for bereavement counseling. Those who have attended Senior events may have already met Anne and more will know Anne on the phone as she checks in with many of our community each week.
Irish Senior Connect Coordinator
Ellen is retired Principal at St. Brendan’s School in Dorchester and long-time volunteer at the Pastoral Centre. A long time volunteer at the IPC, Ellen will coordinate our weekly Senior phone wellness check in calls.